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A Lakeport man is in custody after a police pursuit, and now authorities are asking the public for any information they might have about the incident. Police spotting a car driven by 44 year old Travis Criss in the downtown area around two in the morning on Sunday; Criss reportedly sped away from police on several occasions, officers later finding the vehicle abandoned and spotting Criss walking down the street. Police discovered Criss was wanted on a warrant out of Ukiah and was stumbling and smelling of alcohol. He was arrested for misdemeanor drunk driving and a felony charge of fleeing from law enforcement with disregard for public safety. He posted bail and was released; police say the incident is still under investigation and ask anyone with information on the pursuit to notify authorities.

A wildland fire near Lower Lake that started on Saturday is close to being fully contained, according to fire crews; the Creek fire was reported around 2 o’clock Saturday afternoon in the 9400 block of Rocky Creek Road at Morgan Valley Road. Fire crews responded including a helicopter and bulldozers; in just over an hour, the fire had grown to thirty-two acres but was 95 percent contained by Saturday evening. The California Highway Patrol says a truck’s mechanical failures may have actually sparked the fire.

The Lake County Library has received a grant of more than five thousand dollars to host the NEA Big Read in Lake County; the Library is one of 79 nonprofit groups across the country to get an NEA grant, which will go to host a community reading program between September of this year and June of 2019. Organizers say they expect to add more corporate partners as planning continues through October.

In Lake County, applicants are urged to get into the running for several vacancies on the Lake County Resource Conservation District Advisory Board. One Supervisory Director and two members at large will be named; all of the members will be appointed by the Board of Supervisors. Applications will be accepted until close of business tomorrow, and you can get an application at the Lake County Courthouse, room 109.

The California Department of Public Health has announced it’s gotten the first confirmed cases of West Nile Virus. So far four illnesses have occurred in several counties statewide; the virus is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. Officials say the weather this month is contributing to an increased mosquito population and a higher risk of the virus spreading.

More than thirty personnel from nearly every law enforcement agency in Napa county will be taking part in the running of the Special Olympics Flame of Hope through the county on Wednesday; the Flame of Hope will begin its journey at 6 am in Calistoga before heading through St. Helena, Rutherford, Yountville and Napa. It will wrap up its trip at American Canyon around 1 in the afternoon after a route of some thirty-seven miles. The Law Enforcement Torch Run is a year-round fundraising campaign that will wrap up with the Special Olympics Northern California Summer Games, June 22nd through the 24th at UC Davis. The games bring more than 700 Special Olympics athletes together from throughout Northern California to compete.

In Sacramento county, District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert has announced that she’s no longer a Republican; Schubert announcing Friday that she’s changing her political affiliation to “no party preference; she says she made up her mind months ago but held off on making it official until the primry with Democrat Noah Phillips. Schubert said she didn’t want her political affirmation to be a focal point of the campaign.

The unemployment rate in the Sacramento metro area fell to 3.3 percent in May; that’s the lowest its been since 1990. Between April and May, some thirty-three hundred jobs were added in the area, bringing a total to more than 993,000 jobs, according to the Employment Development Department. The lowest unemployment count was in Placer County, at 2.8 percent, followed by El Dorado County with 3.2 percent. Construction is the largest contributor to jobs, the field created more than 1100 jobs since April, though many are seasonal positions. Government jobs increased as well; state government employment rose by 600 jobs; local government agencies added another 500 jobs as well.

A man’s been arrested for his involvement in a three car crash that injured five people, one of them seriously, and shut down southbound Highway 101 near Cotati yesterday. The driver’s identity has not yet been released, however police suspect him of driving drunk. A 28 year old woman was airlifted to an area hospital for what are described as non-life-threatening injuries; two other people were also taken to a nearby hospital. The man who was arrested was initially taken to Santa Rosa Memorial for burns, he was released from custody so that he could be transferred to UC Davis for more treatment.

Police are on the hunt for a man suspected of robbing a Santa Rosa restaurant yesterday afternoon; around 1 o’clock a man wielding a gun approached a cashier at Round Table Pizza and demanded cash, taking money from the drawer and fleeing on foot. Police searching the area but turning up no trace of the suspect. He’s described as a white male wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, dark jeans and with a blue bandana over his face. Anyone with any information on the robbery is asked to call the Santa Rosa Police; a reward of up to 2500 dollars will be given to whoever provides the information that leads to an arrest and conviction.

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